Cougar Sighting in Oskaloosa
Cougar Sighting in Oskaloosa -
In response to the reported cougar sighting in Oskaloosa, Pella Wildlife Company spoke with Oskaloosa city police officials and based on the information they received that the animal in question had a “white tip on the tail” we have determined that the feline could not be a cougar. According to scientific research ALL cougars have a black tip on their tail. According to Oskaloosa police two witneses stated that the animal in question had a white tip on its tail.
Cougars are historically native to Iowa and in recent years have begun to disperse back into Iowa from South Dakota and Nebraska. As cougars disperse into Iowa more sightings will occur. Two books people can read to learn more about cougars are Phantoms of the Prairie: The Return of Cougars to the Midwest by John Laundre, or Cougars Ecology & Conservation by Maurice Hornocker and Sharon Negri.
Pella Wildlife Company is a non profit wildlife conservation oganization and has assisted city, county and state organizations with wildlife management programs.